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High speed chase starting in Sherwood ends in spike strips being used to stop Jacksonville woman

Sherwood police at 12:19 a.m. on June 3 became involved in a high-speed chase that ended in Little Rock where a Jacksonville woman was stopped with the use of spike strips on Interstate 30 near mile marker 134.

According to a police report compiled by Sherwood patrolman Todd Abbott, officers were traveling eastbound on Wildwood Avenue and as they passed the Phillips 66 service station, 2428 Wildwood, they observed a silver GMC pickup exit the gas station parking lot onto Warden Road, headed southbound, with only the parking lights on.

Police turned onto Warden Road to initiate a traffic stop when the driver, later identified as Jacquelyn J. Yates, 41, of Jacksonville, started accelerating the pickup and entered southbound onto Highway 67/167.

“I activated the emergency lights on my patrol vehicle as we entered Arkansas State Highway 67/167 from Warden Road,” Abbott said.

Yates continued to travel at a high rate of speed on 67/167 southbound and merged onto Interstate 40 westbound, crossing multiple lanes of traffic without using the turn signal, said Abbott.

Sherwood Officer Leasha Rice advised the Arkansas State Police dispatch that police were in pursuit of Yates’ vehicle and told them the direction of travel.

“Yates then merged onto Interstate 30 west continuing at a high rate of speed,” said Abbott.

State Trooper Jack Williams deployed spike stripes on Interstate 30 westbound near Mile Marker 134.

“Williams advised that Yates’ left front tire struck the spike strip,” Abbott said. “I then observed the vehicle start to slow and exit I-30 at exit 135 (65th Street) and came to a complete stop.”

Police approached the pickup and performed a felony traffic stop. Yates was given a verbal command to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. She was placed in handcuffs and placed under arrest for fleeing.

“Yates advised her gas pedal was stuck and was unable to stop her vehicle. Officers did not hear any signs of the vehicle’s gas pedal being stuck,” said Abbott.

While conducting an inventory of the pickup, police found one cigar wrap containing a green leafy substance located in the ashtray and one brown bottle containing 91 clear capsules that contained an unknown tan substance found in the front passenger’s seat.

J-Hook Wrecker Service towed Yates’ vehicle and she was transported to the Sherwood Police Department.

She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing, fictitious tags, failure to pay registration, driving on a suspended license, no proof of insurance, driving without headlights, driving with parking lights only, failure to signal, and reckless driving.

All items collected were entered into evidence at the police department with charges pending test results from the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

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